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Bushwalking in Victoria

Ada Tree & the timber tramways

When I was back in Australia for the Christmas/New Year break, my Dad and I had a day up in the tall timber mountain ash forest east of Melbourne, at one of our favourite locations – the Ada Tree and the surrounding forest that was once home to sawmills and timber tramway lines in the 1930s.  The remnants of the sawmilling days are rusting and rotting away in the forest, accompanied by some lyrebirds and trillions of little leeches.  We heard the lyrebirds while the leeches ate us. (more…)

Tackling the Tanglefoot Track

Today Shewey and I walked the Tanglefoot Track, which is a bushwalking track that runs along Mt Tanglefoot, near Toolangi and Healesville.  The forest here is largely mountain ash, with beautiful myrtle beech and tree fern rainforest pockets in the gullies.  The route we took was a 16km loop, starting at the Wirrawilla rainforest walk, climbing the Myrtle Gully Track towards the Tanglefoot carpark, along the Tanglefoot Track to Monda Road, and return down Quarry Rd to the car. (more…)

The Mustering Flat High Beam Society

Mustering Flat is an alpine plain in the Baw Baw National Park, an easy walk in from the St Gwinear car park north of Erica.  It’s one of our favourite places to get away for a bushwalk.  There’s a good campsite in the snow gums on the side of the plain, and we took a group in there last weekend for an overnight hike, and formed the Mustering Flat High Beam Society in the process. (more…)

Mt St Leonard in the heat

Although it got to 37 degrees today, I went for a walk with Shewey and Janet up Mt St Leonard, a mountain in the Yarra Ranges near Healesville.  Mt St Leonard is a little over 1,000 metres high, and the walk up ascends around 800 metres.  On a hot day, that’s a good work out!  I’m sure it wasn’t 37 at the top.  At the summit is a fire and communications tower, and a decent view over the Yarra Valley. (more…)